- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A second woman has come forward to claim that a California educator sexually abused her, saying she decided to speak out after watching a YouTube video by a woman who made similar accusations.

Police in Riverside are investigating the allegations from both women, who say former middle school teacher and administrator Andrea Cardosa abused them while they were students in Riverside County.

The second woman’s attorney said Thursday he filed claims, a precursor to lawsuits, against two school districts where Cardosa worked.

The investigation and claims come days after a video was posted on YouTube showing the first woman confronting over the phone someone who identifies herself as Cardosa. Since then, Cardosa has resigned her job as an assistant principal and the video - which the woman sent to Cardosa’s employer - has been viewed nearly 1 million times.

The AP has not been able to reach Cardosa. Messages left at phone numbers and email addresses linked to Cardosa have not been returned.

At a press conference on Thursday, the second woman, Brianna, told reporters that she watched the YouTube video on Saturday, and “it was like a trigger, like a flashback.”

Brianna, who is now 18, says Cardosa befriended her mother while Brianna was a student at Tomas Rivera Middle School in Perris in 2010.

She then “groomed” Brianna by giving her movie tickets, candy bars and lunch trips and calling her special, then made several sexual advances, inappropriately touching her and abusing her, according to a copy of the claim filed against Val Verde Unified.

Brianna’s lawyer Luis Carrillo said school officials failed to heed signs of an improper relationship between Cardosa and his client.

“They should seek another line of work if they fail to protect the kids,” Carrillo said of school officials. “What we want is justice.”

Both districts declined to comment on the claims.

Brianna said she came forward after watching the YouTube video posted by a now-28-year-old woman named Jamie. Both women asked to be identified by their first names, and the Associated Press is not using either woman’s full name because they say they are victims of sexual abuse.

In the video posted on Friday, Jamie phones Alhambra High School. After being screened by two receptionists, she is connected to a woman who identifies herself as Cardosa.

Jamie does not give specifics of the alleged abuse in the video, which she says started when she was a 12-year-old student at Chemawa Middle School.

“You should be so ashamed and so disgusted with yourself,” Jamie says.

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